New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming for the Week of 1/10/2024

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

This week is certainly eclectic in the genre of books that made this list, but it is definitely a high quality list. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Titan Books, Ahoy Comics, Massive Publishing, First Second Books, Dynamite Entertainment, and Image Comics.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Action Comics #1061
DC Comics
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by John Timms & Rex Lokus
Cover Art by Timms

SUPERMAN SUPERSTARS BEGINS! JASON AARON WRITES SUPERMAN FOR THE FIRST TIME, JOINED BY FAN-FAVORITE ARTIST JOHN TIMMS! THE WIZARD, BIZARRO!

Jason Aaron writes Superman for the very first time, teaming up with all-star artist John Timms to present a startling new vision of the Man of Steel’s strangest foe. When Superman’s doppelgänger discovers a dark secret about himself, it unleashes the most dangerous version of Bizarro the world has ever seen.

Release Date: January 9, 2024

PCS NOTES: Ok. You got us. It’s not really a new number one. But it is a new story by a new (to Superman) writer. The addition of this comic to this list is probably as much an homage to the end of Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s fantastic run on Action as it is our excitement to see what Jason Aaron and John Timms have up their sleeves regarding the Man of Steel, and we are very excited. 


Adventureman: Ghost Lights #1
Image Comics
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Cover Art by Dodson & Dodson

NEW STORY ARC

When the Good Guys of the Golden Age come back, all their ghosts follow—now Claire, the new Adventureman, and her maybe-beau Chris, the new Crossdraw Kid, defend peace on earth from a phantom empire of crime!By MATT FRACTION (SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye) and TERRY RACHEL DODSON (RED ONE, Harley Quinn).

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are happy to see this property return for a new arc. Adventureman has always been under celebrated. It is a great comic with a fantastic creative team. 


Disney Villains: Cruella De Vil #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Sweeney Boo
Art by Miriana Puglia
Cover Art by Boo

The beloved Disney villain – in her own FABULOUS series, darling!

Even though there’s absolutely no hard evidence that noted couturière Cruella De Vil was ever involved in the theft of any Dalmatian puppies, her name has been ruined in all of the tabloids, and now her reputation in the fashion world is hanging by a thread. Which is why she’s willing to do anything – ANYTHING! – to restore her good name – even stealing the royal family’s priceless jewels!

How will that restore her reputation, you ask? You’ll just have to pick up this brand new entry in Dynamite’s Disney Villains adventures to find out! With a story (and a cover) by the astonishingly talented SWEENEY BOO, and interior art by the continentally sophisticated MIRIANA PUGLIA, Disney Villains: Cruella De Vil #1 also features covers from the intensely fashionable JOSHUA MIDDLETON!

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Dynamite Entertainment has shepherded these “Villians” books for a while now, and they have been generally pretty fun. We are super excited for this series penned by the amazing Sweeney Boo.


Rebel Moon: House of the Bloodaxe #1
Titan Books
Written by Mags Visaggio
Art by Clark Bint
Cover Art by Stanley Lau

COMIC BOOK PREQUEL TO HIGHLY-ANTICIAPTED NETFLIX MOVIE, REBEL MOON!

CREATED BY ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER (300, ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE) AND WRITTEN BY AWARD-WINNING COMICS WRITER MAGS VISAGGIO.

As war is looming on the horizon on the planet Shasu, the leader of the Bloodaxe family is conflicted between living up to his father’s domineering legacy and maintaining the peace. It is up to him to settle the conflicts within himself, and his family, before the entire planet erupts in war.

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We have high hopes for this comic.


Rise of the Powers of X #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by R.B. Silva & David Curiel
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Silva & Curiel

THE FIGHT FOR KRAKOA HAS BEEN LOST!

Ten years ago, the mutants returned from their exile to try and reclaim the Earth from the forces of Orchis. They failed. Now, within the victorious Orchis with their gauntlet choking the world, Nimrod and Omega Sentinel put their plan within a plan into action. They are to summon their binary god to consume everything in their accession. All that stands between them is the X-Men. What can they do? They’re the X-Men. They’ll find a way. That’s their power. So begins a story beyond time and space, with the rise of powers beyond our petty human intelligence. From writer Kieron Gillen (IMMORTAL X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN) and artist R.B. Silva (POWERS OF X, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH) comes half of the story that will bring the Krakoan Age to its conclusion!

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: The Fall of X is definitely ending the Karkoan Age in an entertaining way and this series will have a lot to say in how that dismount lands.


Ultimate Spider-Man #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Marco Checchetto & Matt Wilson
Letters by Cory Petit
Cover Art by Checchetto & Wilson

THE NEW ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN FOR A NEW ULTIMATE UNIVERSE!

Revolutionary writer Jonathan Hickman and acclaimed artist Marco Checchetto (DAREDEVIL) bring you a bold new take on Spider-Man, with the debut title of the new line of Ultimate Comics! After the events of ULTIMATE INVASION, the world needs a hero…who will rise up to take on that responsibility? Prepare to be entangled in a web of mystery and excitement as the all-new ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comic redefines the wall-crawler for the 21st Century!

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are interested in seeing the rise of this new Ultimate Universe and this is the first ongoing series in it.


Zorro: Man of the Dead #1
Massive Publishing
Written by Sean Gordon Murphy
Art by Murphy & Dave Stewart
Cover Art by Murphy

Superstar artist Sean Gordon Murphy delivers the main cover for his fresh take on the iconic masked vigilante, Zorro.

Don Quixote meets Narcos in Sean Gordon Murphy’s Zorro: Man of the Dead. In this modern reimagining, the writer-artist behind DC Comic’s Batman: White Knight, delivers a fresh take on the legendary swashbuckling hero.

Diego is a young man who is convinced that he’s Zorro. As a child, he suffered a psychotic break after witnessing the murder of his parents by the drug cartel in his village. To cope with the trauma, he embraced the 200-year-old legend of Zorro by donning the mask, training with the sword, and declaring war on the Narcos for the sake of his people.

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Sean Gordon Murphy taking on one of the great heroes of yesteryear sounds like a winning combination.


New One-Shots and Specials 


Acid Chimp vs. Business Dog #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Mark Russell & Bryce Ingman
Art by Peter Krause, Steve Pugh, & Chris Chuckry
Letters by Rob Steen
Cover Art by Steve Pugh

AHOY’s breakout animal stars come muzzle-to-muzzle in this fifth-anniversary one-shot! Business Dog from Billionaire Island controls the wealth of nations! Acid Chimp from My Bad has been abducted by crooks who want him to kill the canine trillionaire with corrosive acid! And why wouldn’t he? Splashing acid is the only thing that Acid Chimp enjoys By the superstar creative teams of both books, including multiple award winner Mark Russell!

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This looks outrageously funny and we are looking forward to reading it.


Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Omnibus TP
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Various Luminaries
Art by A Bunch of Masters
Cover Art by Mike Mignola

Fritz Leiber ranks among the giants of fantasy and science fiction visionaries, capturing multiple Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and influencing a generation of writers.

And his most renowned creations are the swashbuckling Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories.

Collected here are adaptations of some of the finest of these tales — including the Hugo and Nebula Award winning “Ill Met in Lankhmar” — by comics legends Howard Chaykin, Mike Mignola, Dennis O’Neil, Al Williamson, and more. Join the hulking barbarian and the diminutive rogue as they battle swordsmen, necromancers, and flagons of strong drink!

Collects Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser: The Cloud of Hate and Other Stories.

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is a collection of some amazing comics history. If you haven’t had a chance to take in these stories, this is a great oportunity.


Lunar New Year Love Story TP
First Second Books
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by LeUyen Pham
Cover Art by Pham

She was destined for heartbreak. Then fate handed her love.

Val is ready to give up on love. It’s led to nothing but secrets and heartbreak, and she’s pretty sure she’s cursed—no one in her family, for generations, has ever had any luck with love.

But then a chance encounter with a pair of cute lion dancers sparks something in Val. Is it real love? Could this be her chance to break the family curse? Or is she destined to live with a broken heart forever?

Release Date: January 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: Last but definitely not least on this list is the first great Original Graphic Novel of 2024. This is one you will definitely want to pick up. This is the NEW NUMBER ONE of the WEEK.


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